January 2019 Recap

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Well, January has ended, and February has begun. I wasn’t able to keep up with my weekly blog post. Life got so busy as it always does. For the month of January, I worked 8 days, attended both Quilt guild meetings, attended 5 sewing classes, went on a 4-day cruise to Mexico, attended Road to California for 3 days plus other life events.

Between all that I was preparing for a Quilt show that one of the guilds I belong to hosted. I pretty much have all my nine quilt entries quilted. I just needed to applique the centers of my flower quilt, complete some hand beading on my patriotic wall hanging, attach some bindings, quilt labels and quilt sleeves. That’s all…

The show was a lot of work and I think it was a big success. We had several quilt challenges. First was the portrait quilt. We had a featured artist Ramsess from Los Angeles. He was the person that taught our guild members the technique of portrait quilting. The next quilt challenge was a Holiday quilt (any size).  I made two wall hangings and a table runner. And the final quilt challenge was a quilt for a First Responder. My First Responder quilt was made for my long-time friend and Fire Fighter, Anthony Crowell. He retired in May 2018. I made him a Raider quilt.  I made Anthony a Raider quilt because I wanted to give him something he would love. And I know he loves his Raiders.

I attended Road to California in Ontario, CA. I didn’t realize how far Ontario was from Los Angeles, but its far. The quilt show was big. I was there for three days. The first day, Friday, I got there around noon. I decided I was going to just look at the quilts on Friday then the vendor Saturday and Sunday.  I was surprise on the number of quilts at the show. There wasn’t as many quilts at the show as I thought there would be. The workmanship was amazing on most of the quilts. I figure these quilters probably work on these entries for the entire year. The detail in some of the quilts was so incredible.  I can only shake my head. My favorite was the tribute to Prince. It was a Purple Rain of Prince proportions. But there was a lot of vendors. These vendors came from all over the United States and beyond.  Almost, every quilt supplier had a booth at this event. They were selling everything from all brands of sewing machines, longarm, embroidery machines. All the quilting accessories from fabric, panels, thread, scissors, pattern, rulers, trims, wool, books and any kind of quilting gadget you can think of, it was there.

I think I was good for the most point. I bought a set of Kai serrated scissors. Everyone was telling me that there the best. One of the things that I want to do is upgrade my tools. I bought three templates from Missouri Star Quilt Company’s booth. I bought Ideal Sean Guide from Sew Very Smooth. I bought some chenille bias tape from Chenille-It. I bought a couple of hangers for small quilts from Simply Put.  I was trying not to buy fabric, but I did buy a few panels. I hope that doesn’t count as fabric because it was hard to go by all these vendors and not buy something.

 

I also took a class at the quilt show, Explore the World of English Paper Piecing: Curves by Michele Crawford, Flower Box Quilts.  One of the things that I’m trying to do in my quilting journey is to learn new things. I don’t want to become a one trick pony. And I like the idea of being able to work on projects that don’t require me to always bring out my sewing machine. The class description said it was for beginner to advance, so I took it.  Although I did learn the concept of English Paper Piecing, I was saddened that the instructor was not that knowledgeable on doing curves. She was referring to an instructional book and she admitted that the sample for the class was her first time doing curves and she could not do the clamshell which was the third project. Needless to say, it was too bad, to spend the money for a class and the instructor failed to know the technique.  But my neighbor helped me get the hang of it. You will see my handy work soon.

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Trying to stick with it.

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January 13, 2019

I have to first start this week with a few corrections from my last post. I realized later that my number lock was not cooperating so some of my information was not posted.  First, in February I will be celebrating my 25th Wedding Anniversary and I Retired 5 years ago. Now I can continue…

This year I’m going to try to make one quilt projects a month. So, my goal is 12 quilts project for the year.  I also want to make wall quilts. I have a friend that displays wall quilts throughout her house and I Love it. And wall quilts are small, so they don’t take long to make.  I currently have 2 wall quilts, so I’m going to try to make 10 more. Also, table runners shouldn’t take long to make.

I’m not going to make large quilts for a couple reasons. I made Queen size quilts for my mother, father, two sisters, brother and my two daughters. But no one is actually using them. They told me that there too nice. (Do you get that from people you make quilts for?), (Question from my quilting friends.). But I told them I made them to be used. So, now I’m mainly going to make throw or lap size quilts.

As far as my other sewing projects, I’m going to do a few craft shows and maybe sell some items on Etsy.

I’m also, going to try to finish some scrapbooking projects. I have a friend that is still hosting Creative Memory monthly scrapbooking workshop. I recently got her 2019 dates and I put them in my calendar.  My first scrapbooking project that I would like to complete is my Retirement party book (5 years ago). I’m doing this book in a digital format. I pretty much have it almost complete I just need to finish the journaling and maybe some more embellishments.

On January 25, 26 and 27th, I will be attending Road to California Quilter Conference in Ontario California. I hope its not too late but I’m going to try to sign-up for a couple workshops. I will post pictures from the show. I would love to enter my quilts in a large quilt show like this. That’s another goal.

I will be posting pictures from time to time of my projects.  But for now, I have to get my final projects completed for my quilt show on February 2, 2019.

New Year, New Goals

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January 6, 2019

Another year for new beginnings. 2019 started pretty quiet in my house. All my 5 kids have moved out. So, its official, me and Chuck are empty nesters. Chuck is my husband and in February we will be celebrating years of marriage.

More about me:  I retired years ago. When I retired my initial thought was to get all my scrapbooking projects completed. I’ve been developing photos and buying scrapbooking material for about 25 years. I turned one of the rooms in my house into a room devoted to scrapbooking.

But during my first year of retirement I was volunteering for different organizations when I seen an advertisement to make baby quilts for Valley Children’s Hospital. I never made a quilt before, but I do know how to sew. I learned to sew in my youth. I took tailoring classes in my teens, but I left home for college and never continued. When I think about it, I don’t know why I stopped sewing because “Sewing was my first Love”.

Anyway, I always thought that one day I wanted to make quilts because my grandmother made quilts for the family and since her passing, I don’t think anyone else will continue. So, I volunteered to make baby quilts and I was hooked. Since then, I joined sewing groups, I joined two quilting guilds, I took sewing and quilting classes, I’ve been on sewing retreats and I went on a quilting bus trip to Oregon for the Sister’s Outdoor Quilt Show. I’ve entered quilts at the Fresno Fair and I’ve displayed my quilts in several local quilt shows. And I officially have a fabric stash.

My scrapbooking room has turned into a quilting, sewing room. But I don’t just make quilts. I like making other sewing projects. I make aprons, cosmetic bags, table runners, key fobs, mug rugs, wall hangings and more. I’ve sold some of these items at craft fairs.

Currently, I’m going to be displaying 9 quilt projects on February 2, 2019 at Praise Church of God in Christ, for Heritage Quilters biannual Quilt Show. All my projects are complete but one, it’s a twin-size quilt for my granddaughter. Yes, I have one grandchild, she is 12 years old. It’s a quilt with four large flowers. I had it professionally quilted but the center of the flowers needs to be appliqued on and the binding needs to be done. Then I’ll be finished.

My craft goals for 2019 is to #quiltmystash.  If at all possible, I’m not going to purchase anymore fabric. All my quilt projects will come from my stash. (Fabric that I already have on hand) I have so much fabric that I think its absolutely ridiculous.

So, with that being said, I’m going to try to blog about my 2019 crafty journey. I’ve been wanting to do this blog for some time, but I keep procrastinating and not just doing it. But New Year, New Goals.  Next week going to list a number of crafty goals for 2019.  Hopefully, blogging about it will help me stay on task. And you can come along for the ride.

What are your crafty goals for 2019?

Travel Blanket

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I’m so excited to be going on my first big road trip. I’m traveling from California to New Orleans. I’ve never been to New Orleans. I made my friend this travel blanket for our trip. In July I went to Sisters Oregon and bought this road trip panel. I mage different quilt blocks to go in between to create this blanket that is the perfect size for traveling. I’m going to bring a fabric marker so we can journal on the blanket our adventures. I sewed a elastic band so it can be rolled up. I know my friend will love it.

Travel blanket 

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Next month I’m going on my first road trip. I decided to make my best friend a travel blanket. This is a block that I seen on Pinterest, but I didn’t have the pattern so I tried to figure it out for myself.  It took awhile but I think it came out good. 

It’s been too long…

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I realize it has been way too long since I posted anything.  It’s not because I don’t have anything to say. All I can say is Life Happen!

I lot has happened since my last post. I learned how to sew quilts. I always wanted to make quilts. My grandmother use to make quilts for anyone in the family that got married or had a baby.  But since my grandmother passed my family has become a little distance. So I decided I would continue her tradition in making quilts.  But first I had to learn how.  I already knew how to sew.  Although, it’s been a while. I used to make clothes not quilts. There is a difference… My local quilting store was holding a Quilt a Difference event.  This is where they supply all the material, machines and know how. You supply your time to make baby quilts for Children’s Hospital.  So, I went and I was instantly hooked. I’ve been making baby quilts for everyone in my family that has had a baby in the  last year. I joined two quilt guilds. I make a queen size quilt and entered it in the fair last year. I was so surprised to win second place.  I must be doing something right.

I’m currently making ten quilts for a quilt show.  One of the guilds that I joined is having a quilt show February 2017. I realize that is a lot of quilts, but in order for us to have a good show we decided on ten a piece.  We had two years to make them. I’m a procrastinator as I have said before but I’m still going to try to give it my all. I’ve currently completed four quilt tops. I started three other quilts, but I still have three more quilts I haven’t started.

I also, started working part-time as a receptionist. In 5 weeks I’m going on my first road trip with my best friend. We are driving from Los Angeles to New Orleans, by the way of Route 66. I’m so excited. I started packing today.

Well, I’ve said a mouth full. So I’m going to stop now but I will try to continue to keep up with this blog and post more often.  I’ll even post pictures of my quilts and take you on my road trip journey.

Grudge vs. Forgiveness

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Grudge

1. a feeling of ill will or resentment: to hold a grudge against a former opponent.

2. to resent the good fortune of (another): begrudge.

Synonyms – bitterness, hatred. A grudge is a feeling of resentment harbored because of some real or fancied wrong: to hold a grudge because of jealousy.

Just looking up the meaning of the word grudge is exhausting. Why do we give this word or feeling so much power over us. Yes power, it takes energy to hold a grudge.

A grudge is negative energy that blocks you from moving forward. You are responsible for the energy you bring. You are also responsible for the energy you allow to be brought to you. It’s a choice on how you want to live your life.

I have been wronged by a number of people. People that are close to me and people I have not seen in decades. But I had to “let it go”. Hanging onto a grudge is the same as staying angry. Don’t get me wrong, I have not forgotten what these people did to me, I just don’t give it power over me. I want joy not anger. In order to have joy you have to release the anger. “Let go and let God”. “Life is too short”.

You don’t have to be a door mat. While your sitting there, alone, holding your grudge against that individual, they are going about the business of life.

On Facebook I seen a post…  “I’m Mature Enough to Forgive You, But I’m Not Dumb Enough to Trust You Again”.

Forgive

1. to grant pardon for or remission of (an offense, debt, etc.) absolve.

2.  to cease to feel resentment against: to forgive ones enemies.

Instead of holding a grudge against someone for what ever reason, I try to stop and look at the situation. I try to find out what was my role in the situation. Then what kind of lesson I might learn from it. Everything in life that we go through serves a purpose. Then I pray about it. I pray for that person. I’ve prayed for people that I have had grudges against. And you know, by me praying for these people it has released me. I don’t feel angry or sad. I give it to the Lord. I asking for my forgiveness and forgiveness for the other person.

Matthew 18:21-22

21.  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?

22.  Jesus answers, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times”.

Collossians 3:12-13

12.  Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

13.  Bear with each other and forgive what ever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.